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Arlington lies in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and is home to more than 290,000 people. With everything from theme parks to Texas Rangers baseball, Arlington is known as one of the family entertainment capitals of the world. The city boasts a rare combination of qualities that contributes to its strong economy, including a strategic location at the center of a major metropolitan area, prime available property, low taxes, and a highly educated workforce.

Cleburne is a mid-size Texas town of 23,000 residents is a short drive southwest of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Cleburne has a culture all its own: an interesting blend of economic diversification and sophistication with a hometown, "y'all come back" atmosphere.

When researchers compiling the American Suburbs Rating Guide and Fact Book compared crime rates, education, community stability, housing, commutes, open spaces and other factors, Colleyville edged out 43 Fort Worth/Dallas neighbors from Allen to Waxahachie to nab the No. 1 ranking. Which would not surprise many of the nearly 14,000 residents of this former farming community that now boasts one of Tarrant County's highest per capita incomes.

Dallas was founded on a river crossing in the early 1840s when the Republic of Texas was seeking to develop its northern regions. Over 1 million people now live in the city of Dallas; over 2 million live in Dallas County. More than 4.5 million people now live in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, and growth continues at a rapid pace.

The City of DeSoto is only minutes from major attractions, including Six Flags, Texas Stadium and the Dallas Zoo. Visitors will also enjoy being near Dallas' popular West End Historic District. DeSoto offers great park facilities for soccer and baseball tournaments. In addition, just minutes away is Joe Pool Lake for water sports of all kinds. The Town Center Convention and banquet rooms offer professional space to be used for meetings of all kinds.

The City of Duncanville, dubbed "A City of Champions," is located in the southwest portion of Dallas County, Texas. The city covers 12 square miles and has a population of about 36,000. Just 10 miles from downtown Dallas, Duncanville offers the advantage of Metroplex life while maintaining the lifestyle of the small community. A strong per capita household income provides the community with one of the elements which make up a strong economic base. Duncanville takes great pride in the quality of their educational system and successful athletic programs. The Texas Historical Commission has designated the City of Duncanville as an official "Main Street City."

Less than a century has seen Frisco grow from small town with a few hundred residents to a major city of thousands. Abundant land, water and transportation arteries continue to contribute to a prosperous future for Frisco.

Garland, population 200,000, offers the atmosphere of a small town plus all the conveniences of a larger metropolitan city. Located 15 miles northeast of downtown Dallas, Garland is the 9th largest city in Texas, and the 91st largest in the United States. This self-sustaining city covers 57 square miles.

Grand Prairie is centrally located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The city, with an estimated population of 112,616, stretches 26 miles by almost 10 miles at its widest, covering 78 square miles, predominantly in Dallas and Tarrant counties, with a small, southernmost area in Ellis County. The northernmost border of Grand Prairie is about 5-10 minutes from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the eastern about 15 minutes from downtown Dallas and the western about 15 minutes from downtown Fort Worth. Passing east and west through Grand Prairie and linking the city with major markets are Interstate 30, a strong entertainment and business corridor, and Interstate 20, developing as a significant retail and corporate location. Because of its location, Grand Prairie is a well-established manufacturing and distribution center.

Grapevine, one of the oldest settlements in North Texas, currently has over 30,000 citizens. There are three public golf courses in Grapevine, one designed by golfing legend, Byron Nelson. All three are consistently rated among the top 50 public courses by "Golf Digest" magazine. One mile north of downtown, is Grapevine Lake, the fourth busiest lake in Texas. The city is located 21 miles northwest of Dallas and 19 miles northeast of Fort Worth, providing convenient access to big city amenities. But with its own live entertainment, 75 restaurants, shopping, golf, theaters, festivals, wineries, etc., residents and visitors alike enjoy the comforts of Grapevine.

Greenville is a unique city located in Northeast Texas, 45 miles northeast of Dallas on Interstate 30. Established as the county seat for Hunt County in 1847, Greenville has remained industry-oriented throughout the times, attracting Fortune 500 and other prime companies. The climate in Greenville is healthy for business, recreation, worship, and family life.

Irving is a city with an easy-going spirit and exceptional opportunities for recreation and relaxation. Irving boasts five championship golf courses, and is home to the PGA Tour's Byron Nelson Golf Tournament at the Four Season's Mandalay Resort. Irving is also home to a major motion picture studio and the Dallas Cowboys. With its central location just minutes from Dallas and Fort Worth, Irving is a gateway to unlimited adventure.

Lewisville is a progressive, urban community located 26 miles north of downtown Dallas. With a population of 61,700 and a metro area of 111,000 it's the fastest growing county in Texas. Because of its excellent geographical position, Lewisville is easily accessible to all parts of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Lewisville is nestled between two beautiful lakes- the 29,700 acre Lewisville Lake and the 12,740 acre Lake Grapevine. Both lakes are major recreational lakes for Metroplex residents with six million- plus visitors annually each.

Mansfield is a community of approximately 25,000 residents, centrally located on the southern edge of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex on U.S. Highway 287. A town of diverse interest and activities, Mansfield is small-town America with big-city amenities and accessibility. All metropolitan areas and DFW International Airport are 30 minutes or less from the quiet countryside surrounding Mansfield.

McKinney is situated among the rolling hills and tress of Northern Collin County. It combines the 2nd largest historic district in Texas with rapidly developing business opportunities while continuing to provide that "down home" feeling. The McKinney public school system is one of the best in the state. Collin County Community College and several nearby universities provide excellent advanced educational opportunities. Recreational opportunities abound at several nearby area lakes. Lake Texoma, about 30 minutes north of McKinney, is the 2nd. largest manmade lake in the United States.

Plano has earned a national reputation as one of the best places in the country for employers to do business and for families to live and work. Plano is located 20 miles north of downtown Dallas with an estimated population of 192,400. In 1997, Plano was named the 4th most "Kid-Friendly City" in the United States based on the findings of the Children's Environmental Index. The City of Plano was also named the 8th Safest City in the United States based on the most recent Federal Bureau of Investigation crime statistics.

Richardson has significant employment centers, a regional shopping mall, and active, well-established corridors of business development within its boundaries. In 1989, major expansion announcements by Richardson's MCI, Northern Telecom, and Fujitsu, all telecommunications firms, led City officials to dub Richardson the "Telecom CorridorŽ" of the Southwest. These expansions, coupled with a strong economic forecast earned Richardson recognition from the Wall Street Journal as a suburban boomtown of the 1990s.

Being the first totally planned cities in Texas, the towns of Highland Park and University Park are consistently rated as the top residential areas in the United States. Highland Park, within its 2.3 square miles and population of roughly 8,900 persons, and University Park, within 3.7 miles and a population of 22,800, contain the most million dollar homes of any comparably sized area in Texas.

Watauga builds its legacy of abundance and prosperity through aggressive economic growth, low crime rates, highly rated school districts, affordable housing and a small town civic atmosphere. These factors, coupled with ready access to shopping, entertainment, recreation, airports and key business districts in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, make Watauga an attractive alternative for families and businesses alike.

Historic Waxahachie is located about 30 minutes South of Dallas. It is filled with beautiful Victorian mansions and historic buildings reflecting the turn of the century wealth of its cotton and cattle barons. Today, the Gingerbread City blends its rural agricultural roots and stunning Victorian architecture with a thriving business economy and wraps the package with the easy ambiance of gracious small town living. Waxahachie offers antiques and local crafts, excellent schools and lifestyle, clean air and open spaces, and friendly folks.


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